founder

1
[ foun-der ]
/ ˈfaʊn dər /

noun

a person who founds or establishes.

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Origin of founder

1
Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325; see origin at found2, -er1

Definition for founder (2 of 3)

founder2
[ foun-der ]
/ ˈfaʊn dər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to fill with water and sink: Rough seas had foundered the ship in mid-ocean.
Veterinary Pathology. to cause (a horse) to break down, go lame, or suffer from laminitis.

noun

Veterinary Pathology. laminitis.

Origin of founder

2
1300–50; Middle English foundren < Middle French fondrer to plunge to the bottom, submerge < Vulgar Latin *fundorāre, derivative of *fundor-, taken as stem of Latin fundus bottom

OTHER WORDS FROM founder

un·foun·dered, adjectiveun·foun·der·ing, adjective

Definition for founder (3 of 3)

founder3
[ foun-der ]
/ ˈfaʊn dər /

noun

a person who founds or casts metal, glass, etc.

Origin of founder

3
Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at found3, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for founder (1 of 3)

founder1
/ (ˈfaʊndə) /

noun

a person who establishes an institution, company, society, etc

Word Origin for founder

C14: see found ²

British Dictionary definitions for founder (2 of 3)

founder2
/ (ˈfaʊndə) /

verb (intr)

noun

vet science another name for laminitis

Word Origin for founder

C13: from Old French fondrer to submerge, from Latin fundus bottom; see found ²

usage for founder

Founder is sometimes wrongly used where flounder is meant: this unexpected turn of events left him floundering (not foundering)

British Dictionary definitions for founder (3 of 3)

founder3
/ (ˈfaʊndə) /

noun

  1. a person who makes metal castings
  2. (in combination)an iron founder

Word Origin for founder

C15: see found ³
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Medical definitions for founder

founder
[ foundər ]

v.

To stumble, especially to stumble and go lame. Used of horses.
To become ill from overeating. Used of livestock.
To be afflicted with laminitis. Used of horses.

n.

laminitis
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